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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1997
Duarte voters have approved by a 2-1 margin a special tax to pay for park maintenance in what city officials said was among the first mail-in elections conducted to comply with a new state tax law. The approval means that homeowners will continue to pay $59.42 a year to maintain 11 neighborhood parks and the city's bicycle trail and greenbelt. The city mailed ballots to 5,372 homeowners asking them whether they wanted to continue to pay the tax.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1997 | HUGO MARTIN
Councilman Hal Bernson recommended Wednesday creating an assessment district to provide funding for homeowners who continue to struggle with the expense of quake damage. The proposal was offered because the city's $300-million earthquake-repair program is expected to run out of money this year, leaving about $15 million in loan applications unfunded.
BUSINESS
October 10, 1996 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After nearly a year of arm-twisting and wrangling, California's tourism industry has devised a formula to tax itself to fund tourism marketing--the first such travel-related assessment in the nation. Under the plan, which will be made public this week, California businesses that profit from tourism will be asked to approve a levy of 4.5 cents for every $100 of their revenue from tourism, in an effort to raise $7.5 million for tourism promotion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1996
The Los Angeles City Council has approved $4.4 million in assessments for Westwood Village property owners to fund an ambitious street improvement project. The goal is to create an atmosphere that appeals to pedestrians, said Rochelle Ventura, chief field deputy for Councilman Mike Feuer. Broxton Avenue will be widened, and a double row of trees planted, creating a boulevard atmosphere leading to a planned four-level parking structure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1996 | MARILYN MARTINEZ
A swath of Hollywood Boulevard, which includes landmarks such as the El Capitan and Mann Chinese theaters and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, will be revitalized with money generated by a special $600,000 tax district. The Los Angeles City Council approved the assessment Tuesday, empowering an 11-member board to oversee the new Hollywood Entertainment District. The 41 property owners in the zone will pay $1,400 to $57,000 annually based on property size.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
Water taxes for 65,000 residents of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita will be reduced this fiscal year through cost-saving measures by the Santa Margarita Water District, officials said this week. Rancho Santa Margarita residents will see the biggest savings, with a reduction of 14 cents for each $100 of the value of their homes. That will be an annual savings of about $280 for a $200,000 residence, said John Schatz, general manager of the water district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
The City Council on Monday approved a development fee that will raise about $245,000 a year for library services, and also voted unanimously to withdraw from a regional police helicopter venture. The library levy, designated specifically for new books, reference materials, electronic data bases, CD-ROMs, periodicals and videocassettes, will be 25 cents a square foot for new residential developments and 3 cents a square foot for new commercial and industrial projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1996 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the second time in nine months, the city of Port Hueneme may be forced to return hundreds of thousands of tax dollars that courts ruled were collected illegally. Ten days ago, a Superior Court judge ordered the city to repay more than 1,200 oceanfront residents who have been assessed about $600,000 since 1991 to pay for a portion of the city's beach maintenance cost--a so-called "view tax" that attracted national attention when it was levied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1996
The Los Angeles City Council took final action Wednesday to place a citywide assessment for parks improvements on the November ballot. The tax, which would pay to acquire land and make capital improvements at parks throughout the city, requires a simple majority vote and would raise about $200 million a year for two decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1996
A divided Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday urged the board of the Los Angeles Community College District to withdraw its recently approved property assessment or put the matter to voters in November. Several lawmakers asked their colleagues to leave the issue alone, noting the importance of the community college system to California's future as well as voters' perennial distaste for the colleges' bids for funds.
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